Staff & Town Councillors

Driffield Town Councillors

 

Town Clerk – Mrs Claire Binnington

Deputy Town Clerk – Miss Rachael Parker

Tidy Team – Mr Chris Brotherton and Mr Andy Wilson

 

 

Cllr Mark Blakeston

CLLR MARK BLAKESTON

Ward: South West Ward – Elected May 2015

Committees: Personnel, Events & Bonfire, Property & Assets

DTC Delegate: Chair of the Canal Steering Group

I was elected in the South West Ward to Driffield Town Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015. To be honest, I have no background in this sort of thing but as a town resident I feel strongly about ensuring Driffield remains a good place to live and work.

I was born at the Alfred Bean hospital in Driffield and my parents and grandparents were from Fridaythorpe. I moved back to Driffield in 1999 with my wife, Sarah and four children. All our children attended Driffield School and took part in many local clubs – Scouts, Cadets, football, cricket etc; so I understand how important it is to ensure teenagers in particular have things to do.

An engineer by trade, I have worked for many years in telecoms and for the last 5 years I have run my own business based from Driffield. I am a member of the Driffield and District Business club and along with the opinions of residents, I’m keen to ensure that local businesses have a voice in the future of the town. I am not against progress; I am against inappropriate progress and the development of Driffield into a ‘clone’ town. Overall, I simply want the best for Driffield.

Cllr Paul Rounding

CLLR PAUL ROUNDING

Ward: South West Ward – Elected May 2015

Committees: CCTV and Property & Assets

DTC Delegate: Driffield Navigation Amenities Association, Driffield Partnership Board, Community Centre Management Committee. Partnership Town Centre Group, Driffield Youth Action

CLLR TONY COOPER

Ward: West Ward – Elected May 2015

Committees: Grievance and CCTV

DTC Delegate: Yorkshire Community Rail Partnership

Cllr Joan Cooper

CLLR JOAN COOPER

Ward: North Ward – Elected Uncontested May 2015

Committees: Allotment, Planning and Market

DTC Delegate: Parish Transport Champion, Waterways Forum

Cllr Joyce Fletcher

CLLR JOYCE FLETCHER (MAYOR)

Ward: South West Ward – Elected May 2015

Committees: Mayor – ex-officio so sits on all committees except Personnel

DTC Delegate: ERNLLCA, Driffield Partnership Board (sub), Driffield Partnership Cultural and Heritage Group, Driffield Partnership Town Centre Group, Friends of North End Park, Driffield Youth Action

Although I originate from the other side of the Pennines, Bolton, Lancashire, I was made to feel welcome when first moving to live and work in Driffield 25 years ago. I have served on Driffield Town Council for the past 5 years and have enjoyed the challenge, which has led to me sitting on the following committees: Personnel, Friends of North End Park, Driffield Festival, the CCTV Committee and the Driffield Renaissance Partnership. I am also involved in the Local Support Group Police Liaison, which works towards prevention of crime. It is encouraging to know that several bodies are coming together for the common good, working to make Driffield a safer place to live and work.

I am aware of the need of facilities for young people and I will continue to support their cause, as I have done in the past. My 3 children all went to Driffield School and have benefited from its excellent teaching staff. My son works as an engineer and both my daughters have gone into teaching. I am proud of them all. I am also a grandmother to two young children, which is a wonderful and invigorating experience.

My hopes for Driffield are to see the Cattle Market, Viking Centre and the Tesco site developed in a way which incorporates the needs of people of all ages who live, work, socialise and shop in Driffield yet remains sympathetic to their wishes.

I support the development of new facilities, whilst fighting to retain the facilities we already have in our growing town, including public transport, schools and hospitals. I am glad to be living in Great Driffield, The Capital of the Wolds.

Cllr Matt Rogers

CLLR MATT ROGERS

Ward: North Ward – Elected uncontested May 2015

Committees: Events, Property & Assets, Planning, Personnel and Market

DTC Delegate:

Originating from the East Riding of Yorkshire (Bridlington), I grew up in rural North Yorkshire in Ryedale, so have very firm roots within the countryside, with strong agricultural connections. I moved to Driffield with my job, having worked in education for a number of years now. I also run my own business which keeps me busy throughout the year. A small holding on the edge of Driffield helps keep my hand in with my passion for agriculture and the countryside.

During the summer break from education and town council duties, I am able to help family and friends bring in the harvest, which I thoroughly enjoy. This along with being a DJ and spending time with my young daughter, Charlotte, ensures that never a dull moment arises in my life.

Family and friends mean a huge amount to me. I have a great network of friends from Driffield and have met many people through my time with YFYFC (Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs). Having so many friends involved with Young Farmers spread across three great Yorkshire counties ensures I always have people around me.

Being part of Driffield Town Council means a great deal to me, because I feel that being part of the decision making for this great town is an important role and should not be taken lightly. Our town needs people to help guide and push forward, develop and create a Driffield ready to evolve for the next generation.

Town councillors do their best for this town and people will agree or disagree with our policies and the decisions which are being made, but this is all part of the fun. Local governance does not have to be dull and boring and I appeal to people of all ages, from all walks of life, to get involved and become part of Driffield Town Council when positions become available.

CLLR GILLIAN HELLIWELL

Ward: North Ward – Elected September 2018

 

CLLR CATH SCARLETT

Ward: West Ward – Elected May 2015

Committees: Environment, Planning, Personnel, Property & Assets, CCTV

DTC Delegate: Driffield Children’s Centre

I grew up in North Frodingham in the 70s and 80s and went to Driffield School. I moved into Driffield in 1993 and my children have all attended Driffield schools and local clubs. I worked at Driffield School as a Maths teacher from 1999 until 2014.

I was elected as a councillor in 2015. My initial motivation for standing for election was to improve disability access around the town and we have had some success in increasing the number of accessible footpaths by lobbying ERYC, but this is an ongoing project.

I am a member of the ERYC Disability Advisory Group and currently involved in a number of consultations around housing, public health and accessible streets. I know from speaking to a number of local residents that there is a shortage of accessible housing and I am pushing for ‘Lifetime’ homes to be included in the new local plan so that people can continue living in their own home if they become disabled as they get older.

I was very disappointed that we didn’t manage to save the MIU, despite the extremely strong campaign that we ran; collecting the stories and concerns from over 10,000 members of the public. Reading through every one of those and creating a report for the Clinical Commissioning Group about why the MIU was so important to the people of Driffield has made me determined to continue pushing them for reinstating a MIU to the Alfred Bean. I will also continue to lobby for the improvements to the local mental health services that are desperately needed.

As an ex-teacher and parent, I have been really pleased that we have a strong record, as a town council, of supporting facilities for children and teenagers and I have recently had great fun helping out with the local youth club that DTC funding helped set up.

It is a great pleasure working with the other councillors and our fantastic Clerk, Deputy Clerk and Tidy Team.

Cllr Kevin Stack

CLLR KEVIN STACK

Ward: South West – Elected May 2015

Committees: Events & Bonfire Committee

DTC Delegate:

Cllr Amanda Croft

CLLR AMANDA CROFT (DEPUTY MAYOR)

Ward: South West Ward – Elected May 2015

Committees: Events & Bonfire and Market Committee

DTC Delegate: Driffield Children’s Centre

Cllr Spencer Fletcher

CLLR SPENCER FLETCHER

Ward: South West Ward – Elected May 2015

Committees: Environment, Market, Grievance, Property & Assets

 

Cllr Georgina Lucas

CLLR GEORGINA LUCAS

Ward: South Ward – Elected May 2015

Committees: Planning, Allotment, Environment and Personnel Committees

DTC Delegate:

I was born at Beverley Westwood hospital 29 years ago and have lived in Driffield ever since. Most of my family lives in the local area and I would never wish to be away from them as they are very supportive of me. I worked my way up through the local schools and after trying my hand at several different jobs I now work in Cranswick for a successful business and have been there for 7 years.

My interests include walking and last year I and a few friends walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. I am also keen on my fitness and recently ran 5K to help raise money for Help the Heroes. I hope to be able to do more in the future.

Having grown up in Driffield my interest has grown over the years in the day to day running of the town and how decisions are made. I found myself wanting to be part of it all and my passion for the town has grown also. I am very interested in a number of developments in the town, for example, the Skate Park, the Cattle Market, the Thursday market, the Tesco development and many more.

I hope that the future of Driffield is a prosperous and enjoyable one for all of us. I am proud to tell people I am from Driffield, Capital of the Wolds.

 

CLLR SIMON STARRETT

Ward: South Ward – elected August 2017

Committees: Events and Grievance

 

CLLR MAUREEN STEWARD

Ward: West Ward – elected June 2017

Committees: Market

DTC Delegate: ERNLLCA

 

CLLR TOM WATSON

Ward: North Ward – Elected Uncontested October 2017

Committees: Environment

I have lived in Driffield and surrounding villages all my life. My family live here and the Watson side of the family have farmed in the area for generations, so I feel I have a strong connection with the area – it’s basically where I feel at home.

As a town councillor I have an opportunity to make a difference to people locally, and try and champion local causes at higher levels and try and change things for the better.

It saddens me to see land and buildings in the town degrading into ruin. With the lack of social housing and local people priced out of the housing market, it seems ridiculous we can’t use these buildings to help solve these issues. As a Town Council we must keep pressure on the owners of land and buildings being left unoccupied so they can be transformed into something good for the town.

I always like to look forward, and I also care deeply about the environment. Our town has to be ready for the challenges of climate change and be at the forefront of change. I have been heavily involved with Electric Vehicle charging coming to Driffield and will push for more charging infrastructure in the town.

As well as looking forward, we have to face the environmental issues happening right now on our doorsteps. I’m against fracking, and will continue to fight against it.

I believe in social justice and equality, being in a minority group myself I know how hard life can be sometimes, so I will always help in the struggle for an equal society.

Driffield is a special place, a lovely town and community filled with people who want the best for it. There is always room to improve and develop but we must be mindful as to keep our market town charming and distinctive. I will champion local businesses so the town can be the best it can be, offer residents a diverse array of opportunities to drive the towns economy and bring people to the town from further afield.

Ultimately, I want to improve Driffield for the better, for the residents that live here and for the people that visit and contribute to the local economy. It’s my home town and I’m passionate about making it a nicer place for everyone.

Please get in touch if you have any issues you wish to raise.

Cllr Heather Venter

CLLR HEATHER VENTER

Ward: West Ward – Elected May 2015

Committees: Market

DTC Delegate:

I am a local woman, I grew up in Lund. Before moving to Driffield 11 years ago, I lived in South Africa where I was Company Director of my late husband’s electrical and marine engineering company. I am a grandmother of 5 and a great grandmother of 1. My interests are the Alfred Bean Hospital and I hope to play an active role with the Defence League in making sure it keeps as many services as possible.

I would like to see a Museum/Heritage Centre in Driffield to show what a long proud history Driffield and the area have and we should really celebrate that fact. Also I am very keen on securing more employment for the town and more shops to stop the weekly flow of shoppers out of Driffield.

I became a councillor because I love the people of Driffield and hope to give something back. As a new councillor I am undertaking training. I offer commitment and will welcome the opportunity to discuss local issues and help whenever possible.